Are you thinking of getting the benefits of ketosis, but don’t want to eat animal products? SSOHealth and Thyme Travel Kitchen recognize that there are many different types of eating convictions out there, and we want to help you get to your best health without compromising your values.
Can I eat vegetarian/vegan and still get into ketosis?
The answer is yes, but the food options will be even more restricted. If you eat plenty of plant based fats you will still use fat as an energy storage. The difficult part will be finding animal-product free protein sources that are not high in carbohydrates. Vegan protein replacements tend to be processed and refined (like protein powder and tofu)- which will cause a spike in glucose levels. Focusing on good healthy fats like avocado, coconut, nuts, and olive oil while eating plenty of low carb vegetables may work to get you into ketosis, but watch your macros so your protein does not bottom out too far.
Here are our favorite resources for how to get into keto, kick your sugar habit, and keep your personal convictions.